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17 July 2018

Students try out Trinity Hall Cambridge

The Kings of Wessex Academy's partnership with the Cambridge University HE+ initiative once again provided unrivalled opportunities to students last week when ten Kings’ students joined a group of Somerset schools to converge on Trinity Hall for two days to live as Cambridge undergraduates. After lunch in Hall, the students first experienced a selection of taster lectures from university academics and PhD students on everything from Social Anthropology to Veterinary Medicine, and were able both to digest and contribute to the material being discussed, posing their own questions and delving deeper into the topics they may go on to study in only a few years’ time. This was followed by a tour of Trinity Hall, led by current students, showing off the marvellous location and facilities Cambridge has to offer; culminating in being shown their accommodation on the modern Wychfield site. With individual rooms and en suites, it is fair to say all the students were suitably impressed with the Cambridge standard of university lodgings! After an evening exploring the city, the new day brought a seminar from Trinity Hall's School Liaison Officer, Helena Blair on the UCAS...... more

17 July 2018

Florence Triumphs in British Dressage Summer Regional Competition

Year 11 student Florence, from The Kings of Wessex Academy, added another success to her list of accolades when she recently won the British Dressage Summer Regional Competition, which now qualifies her for the National Championships at Stoneleigh in September. Florence’s triumph is particularly commendable as only the winners of these regional competitions qualify for the biggest dressage championships of the year, and she was the youngest qualifier for the championships. Florence had made the long six hour drive northwards to Somerford Park Farm in Cheshire because she and her family will be on holiday when the closer regional event is scheduled. There is yet more. Still riding on Dylan, last weekend Florence won the Pony Club Area Open Competition and will be representing Pony Area 15 and her pony club Polden Hills at the Pony Club National Championships in August. Also in August, Florence has also been selected to represent England in a Home Countries International competition for British Dressage Youth. Executive Headteacher Gavin Ball said: “This is wonderful news for Florence – so many triumphs that testify to her dedication and tenacity...... more

17 July 2018

Young Chef Stars Cook Continental

As part of Design Technology Week, seven Year 10 students from The Kings of Wessex Academy recently took part in the annual Young Chef cooking competition organised by the Rotary Club of Mendip with their mission in the kitchen to devise, prepare and cook a two-course meal to restaurant standard in two and a half hours. A variety of delectable dishes were served and judged by a team of food professionals from the FSC Group based in Cheddar, who also sponsored the event. The competition was intense; but after some tasty, but testing judging first prize was presented to George Talbot for his first course of Spanish Paella with a guacamole dip and homemade tortilla chips, followed by homemade churros with cinnamon dusting and warm chocolate sauce for pudding. Joint second were the two Ellie’s: Ellie Hooper and Ellie Oakley. Ellie H prepared a German-inspired menu of meat preparation and showed her knife skills by taking the chicken breast off the carcass, followed by a black forest gateau and from across the border, Ellie O made an Italian-inspired menu of homemade tagliatelle pasta and panna cotta with home grown berries. The other chefs were Rhys Blake,...... more

17 July 2018

Young Artist Competition Winners are put in the picture

Earlier this year, Year 9 artists at The Kings of Wessex Academy got artistic for the annual Mendip Rotary Young Artist competition and enjoyed some creative crafting in the categories of Photography, Painting, Mixed Media and Sew Vintage. The judging has now taken place and Rotarians Richard Acreman and Janet Travis joined the Art Department at Kings to make some difficult decisions for the following final line-up: Mixed Media First – Drew Kehoe Second – Holly Slaymaker Photography First – Lily Rigby Second – Sassi Carrington Painting First – Tabitha Fuller Second – Johannah Mathew Sew Vintage First – Erin Hemms Second – Billy Nash All was revealed at the award ceremony last Thursday (12 July 2018) at the Strawberry Inn in Draycott hosted by Mendip Rotary when the winning students were accompanied by their parents who thanked the Rotarians for inspiring the young artists. All the students were greatly encouraged by the celebration and recognition of their individual talents, in building their confidence in Art, Photography and Textiles. The winners were presented with vouchers...... more

11 July 2018

Students are in Kings - Sports Academy!

Over 60 Year 11 and Sixth Form students were first off the mark at the new Sports Academy in a dedicated launch morning at Kings Fitness and Leisure. As the sun shone brightly outside, the energetic students worked up a sweat in the gym working on fitness and agility tests, cardio activities, standing broad and sergeant jumps and measured their speed, power and flexibility. Each student is equipped with a programme to track their baseline fitness progress throughout the year to encourage them to push themselves to a high level of strength and conditioning. Members can make use of the Kings Fitness and Leisure facilities, including the gym and swimming pool and frequent classes on offer and can also participate in team fixtures across the region to put their fitness to the test on the sports field. Various Sports Academy memberships are available for students aged between 4 and 18 years and students enrolled in the Sixth Form at The Kings of Academy will have Wednesday afternoons timetabled for Sports Academy endeavours. Sports Academy Leaders Carl Bennett and Shane Fear said: “We are delighted by the enthusiastic take-up so far for the new...... more